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Saccharum - Resort & Spa, Calheta, Madeira
Opened in 2015 in a relaxed seaside town backed by steep cliffs, Saccharum is one of the most striking hotels on Madeira - which is all down to its engaging interiors created by local designer Nini Andrade Silva that are themed on the island's sugarcane heritage. Spread over nine levels with seven bars and restaurants, five swimming pools and a well-equipped spa, this is a large, one-stop oceanfront resort with a contemporary zest that quickly hits the spot. Guests with something to celebrate can splash out on a premium experience that includes treats from yoga classes and spa access to an exclusive lounge perfect for ogling the sunset with a glass of chilled rosé in hand. Couples and families will be pleased to find five-star sophistication away from the hurly-burly of Funchal.
We love the spectacular, cliff-side setting and relaxed mood; the only reason to come here is to soak up the sun and sea.
Oceanfront resort hotel on the island's southwest coast, 25 minutes from Funchal.
By plane: there are direct flights to Madeira from London and Manchester (4 hours). The hotel is a 50-minute drive from the airport. Parking is available for €8 per day. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Perfect for fans of design hotels, spa-lovers, swimmers and sun-worshippers - with a variety of pools and decks, you'll want to pack your best bikinis and shorts. You'll love the paths above the Trapiche Bar that climb up to a secret Chef's Garden and Miradouro where you can drink in the views.
Service & Facilities
Everyone from housekeeping to gardeners to managers says hello as they pass by.
- Swimming pools
- Beachfront location
- Games room
- Fitness centre
- Private parking
- Free Wi-Fi
This is a hotel made for romance with subdued lighting and huge beds with immaculate white sheets like freshly-fallen snow. If you love to sit on a private balcony with a full view of sea and sunset, splurge on an oceanfront room or suite.
Double Room, Premium Oceanfront Room, Suite, Family Ocean Suite, Premium Oceanfront Deluxe Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bath or shower, free toiletries, bathrobe & slippers, hairdryer, balcony, air conditioning, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Don't worry if you're not familiar with wines from Madeira and mainland Portugal - the bar and restaurant staff here know their stuff and will happily give you a taste first. We love the octopus with small roasted potatoes and paprika foam, served in the oasis of calm that is Alambique, the resort's à-la-carte, dinner-only restaurant.
Alambique: Madeiran cuisine, dishes include duck magret and salt cod fillet. Ayurvedic menu available. Open daily 7-10pm.
Engenho: breakfast buffet, dinner. Open daily.
Trapiche: pool bar, drinks, light meals. Open daily 10am-6.30pm.
Fly Lounge: drinks, snacks, afternoon tea and happy hour. Open daily 5.30pm until late.